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The Race for Space - Lesson Plan

The Race for Space - Lesson Plan

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Grades 6-8 | 4 (45 min) Classes

In this lesson, students will be introduced to the Space Race. They will conduct independent research to create a timeline of important events in the race to space and beyond. Students will build and launch their own model rocket.


Common Core Standards - English


Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.


Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.


Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.


Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening


Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

Common Core Standards - Social Studies


Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.


Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.

Materials Needed

Each Student Needs:

  • Student Portfolio
  • Goggles

The Class Needs:

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